The Mr. or Ms. Walktober honor has been bestowed upon only a small number of walk leaders over the past few years, and this year we introduce a dynamic duo from Norwich as they join this extraordinary club! Dianne & Regan have teamed up to provide what is becoming a model for other towns organizing a Walktober lineup. All Norwich Walktober experiences are gathered and strategically scheduled to offer attendees memory-making visits. You can plan to spend a day in Norwich and comfortably attend more than one Walktober experience.
Dianne’s lifetime love of Norwich architecture led her to purchase an 1860 Greek Revival home in Norwich with her husband in 2001. As secretary of the Norwich Historical Society and co-chair of Norwich’s Semiseptcentennial Celebration, it seemed natural for Dianne to be part of the newly-formed Norwich Walktober planning group 3 years ago, and to become its chairwoman for the last 2 years. An avid Walktober participant, Dianne is thrilled and honored to be in the position of actually coordinating the walking tours she loves so much!
A Norwich native, Regan Miner is a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in History and holds a Master’s Degree in Public History from Central Connecticut State University. In her role as Executive Director to the Norwich Historical Society, Miner coordinated major projects promoting Norwich’s history including the restoration of the 1783 Dr. Daniel Lathrop Schoolhouse, now home to the Norwich Heritage & Regional Visitors’ Center, the “Discover Norwich” exhibit, and the Walk Norwich Self-guided trails. Further, Miner preserves, protects, and promotes Norwich’s history through programs such as historical reenactments and by securing funding for the restoration of historic properties. Currently, Miner serves as Chairman of the Norwich Historic District Commission and on the Board of Preservation Connecticut. Lastly, Miner was the recipient of the 2016 40 under Forty Award, the 2016 Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism Rising Star Award, and the 2018 Mimi Findlay Award for Young Preservationists.